BMS Group members

Current members of the BMS group

Cecilia Persson - Professor

I lead the BioMaterial Systems (BMS) research group within the Division of Applied Materials Science. My aim is to take an integrated approach to solving clinical problems. To do this, we use our combined competence in materials science, mechanical and biological engineering. 

I am the current President of the Scandinavian Society for Biomaterials and Treasurer in the Swedish Society of Biomechanics.

I am the co-ordinator of the NU-SPINE network, an international Innovative Training Network funded by the EU, aiming to develop new materials and implants for the spine.

From 2020, I will be the director of VINNOVA Competence Centre AddLife, focusing on the development, provision and support of future competence in Additive Manufacturing (3D-printing) for the Life Sciences. Many synergies are expected with the Ångström Initiative on Additive Manufacturing, where I am chair of the advisory board.

Short CV

  • 2018-current   Professor in Applied Materials Science with Specialization in Biomaterials, Uppsala University
  • 2015-2018   Senior lecturer/Assoc. Prof. in Engineering Science with Specialization in Materials Science, Uppsala University
  • 2011-2015   Lecturer/Ass. Prof. in Engineering Science with Specialization in Materials Science, Uppsala University
  • 2009-2011   Researcher, Uppsala University.
  • 2006-2009   PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds
  • 2005-2006   Researcher, Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli
  • 1999-2004   European MSc in Materials Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, Lorraine University of Technology (EEIGM), Technical University of Catalonia

Telephone: +46 (0) 70 248 96 24    Email:

ALEJANDRO LÓPEZ - research engineer

One of my main responsibilities is to act as an interface between our group, its suppliers, users and collaborators. I give support in the areas of materials synthesis and analysis, tribo-mechanical testing, surface analysis, electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and ICP spectroscopy. I also provide scientific/technical consulting services to local and international companies as well as manage our laboratory, and source supplies and equipment.

Short CV​

  • 2010-2014        PhD in Engineering Physics with Specialization in Materials Science, Uppsala University
  • 2007-2009        MSc in Materials Science and Engineering, Technical University of Catalonia & Luleå Technical University
  • 2000-2005        BEng in Materials Engineering, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela

Telephone: +46 (0) 18 471 30 19    Email:


Susan joined the group in November 2017 as a part-time Project Coordinator.

Short CV

  • 2017-current Project Coordinator, Uppsala University
  • 2012-2017     Portfolio Manager, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK
  • 2008-2012     PhD Molecular Electronics, Bangor University, UK
  • 2004-2008     MSc in Chemistry, Bangor University, UK

Telephone: +46 (0) 18 471 72 42    Email:

Cecilia Alsmark - Project Coordinator

Cecilia joined the group in June 2019 as a part-time project coordinator.

Short CV

  • 2019-March 2020   Project coordinator, Uppsala University
  • 2018-current          Research officer, Uppsala University
  • 2013-2018              Researcher, National Veterinay Institute, Uppsala
  • 2009-current          Researcher, Uppsala University
  • 2004-2008              Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow, Newcastle University
  • 2003-2004              Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Natural History Museum, London
  • 1997-2002               PhD Molecular Evolution, Uppsala University
  • 1992-1996               MSc in Biotechnology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences


Dan Wu - Post doc

I am a Post doc with focus on biomechanics of trabecular bone, including material-level trabecular elastic properties, screw implant primary stability and a bit augmentation material in bone. Research techniques used are mainly microCT, digital volume correlation and FEM. 

Short CV

  • MSc in Materials Science and Engineering, 2014, Shandong University, China
  • PhD in Biomaterial Systems in September 2019, Uppsala University, Sweden


Anders Westermark - PhD Student

My research project is aimed at biomaterials for bone defects, especially more complicated cases with large bone loss and difficult biological conditions. The research is performed parallel to working at Uppsala University hospital.

Short CV

  • 2011    Board certified specialist in orthopaedic surgery


Charlotte Skjöldebrand - PhD Student

My research concerns characterization of silicon nitride based amorphous coatings for joint implants. Coating are investigated because of their possibility to reduce the wear and ion release and consequently increase the lifespan of joint implants. I evaluate these coatings using nanoindentation, XPS, SEM, AFM, XRD as well as cell studies. Read more about my research here.

Short CV

  • MSc in Material Science, 2008, Uppsala University

Telephone: +46 (0) 18 471 58 82    Email:


I am a PhD student working as part of the NU-SPINE network. My focus is on developing spinal fusion implant designs.  My interest in the medical field stems from my undergraduate course at the University of Leeds where I worked on developing a methodology to calculate friction on lubricated three-dimensional surfaces, specifically hip joint prosthetics. I also provide assistance in ongoing MSc projects within the group.

Short CV

  • 2019-current PhD in Engineering Sciences with a specialization in Materials Science
  • 2015-2019 MEng, BEng in Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds


Hanna Nilsson Åhman - Industrial PhD Student

I am a PhD student working on joint project between Uppsala University and the research institute Swerim, Stockholm, where we will be looking at developing magnesium-based alloys for additive manufacturing. Magnesium alloys have an excellent biocompatibility, suitable mechanical properties, and biodegradability, making it a promising material for orthopedic scaffolding applications. Combined with additive manufacturing it allows for the manufacturing of patient-specific implants.

Short CV

  • 2018            Research intern at Solliance Solar Research, TNO, Netherlands
  • 2013-2018   MSc Materials Science and Engineering, Luleå Technical University / Lorraine University of Technology (EEIGM)

Jenny Carlsson - PhD Student

I am a doctoral student in solid mechanics. I work on numerical modelling of rapid fractures in cellular materials, with special focus on wood and bone. I am especially interested in phase field models for fracture, which I find mathematically beautiful since they give the crack path as a result of free energy minimisation.

Short CV  

  • 2013-2015     Durability analysis engineering consultant at Scania Group
  • 2011-2013     Durability analysis engineer, Volvo Car Group
  • 2011-2012     MSc in Applied Mechanics, Chalmers University of Technology


Luimar Correa Filho - PhD Student

Research interests: Mechanical tests, Wear, Biotribology, Electron microscopy, Cryo-electron microscopy. Read more about my research here.

Short CV 

  • MSc in Mechanical engineering, 2013, Brasília University


Elin Åkerlund - Project Student

My project is a continuation of my master thesis where my focus was on preparing polymer blend and polymer based composite filaments, for FDM-based 3D printing, with different compositions of two biodegradable polymers, namely PLA and PCL. The composites also included the mineral hydroxyapatite. My focus now consists of trying to optimize the interface between the mineral particles and the polymers, to further analyze the material degradation process. But also to 3D print trabecular based structures and analyze the suitability of the material for those structures.

Yuling Liu - Project Student

I am a master student in chemistry doing my master thesis in the BMS group from January to June 2019. My degree project will focus on optimizing the foaming conditions of porous bioceramics based on spider silk protein-ladden calcium phosphates. The project aims at combining calcium phosphates, apatite and brushite with recombinant spider silk as a foaming template. The materials will be later used in vitro to assess the synergy of the organic and inorganic matrices as a potential scaffold for bone regeneration.


I am a masters student in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Glasgow and I'm doing my masters thesis in the BMS group from July to December 2019. My degree project is evaluating a low modulus bone cement for use in the intervertebral disc.


I am a biomedical engineering student and I am undertaking my masters thesis at Uppsala University from July until December 2019. My project involves developing and optimising trabecular based structures using two different types of 3D printers, FDM and SLS. Trabecular model composition and printing parameters will be altered until a model is produced that is suitable for bone scaffolding applications. One important aspect of the models I will be investigating are the mechanical properties as well as the resolution and accuracy of the models.


Anna Diez Escudero

I am a post-doc researcher in the BMS group. My focus consists of developing 3D printed scaffolds for bone regeneration purposes. My main interests are developing ceramic bio-inks and polymer composites applicable in additive manufacturing, their physico-chemical and mechanical characterization and their biological response.

Short CV

  • 2018-September 2019 Researcher, Uppsala University
  • 2012-2017        Ph.D. Material Science and Engineering,  Technical University of Catalonia
  • 2010-2012        MSc in Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Technical University of Catalonia and Luleå Technical University



Professor Hall has an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Leeds and was awarded a PhD from the University of Lancaster.  He rejoined the University of Leeds as a jointly appointed Lecturer in the Schools of Mechanical Engineering and Medicine.  His appointment is now solely within the School of Mechanical Engineering.  Residing within the School his research interests are related to medical engineering particularly of the spine as well as other joints including the hip. 

Professor Hall is a visiting professor until September 2019.